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An N1-00 in The Return of Godzilla
Subtitle(s) JGSDF Special Vehicle
Rikujōjieitai Tokushu Sharyō
Height 5.34 meters[2]
Length 20 meters[2][3]
Width 3.2 meters[2]
Weight 120 metric tons[4]
Targets Godzilla
First appearance The Return of Godzilla

The N1-00 (ハイパワーレーザービーム車,   Haipawā Rēzā Bīmusha, lit. "High-Power Laser Beam Car") is a mobile laser cannon vehicle that appeared in the 1984 Toho Godzilla film The Return of Godzilla. The N1-00 was deployed in 1984 by the JSDF to intercept Godzilla in Shinjuku prior to the arrival of the Super X. While its cannons were largely ineffective against Godzilla, the technology was further refined into the Maser Cannon. The N1-00's first successor model using this new Maser technology, the MBT-MB92, saw action against Godzilla five years later.


The N1-00s are referred to as High-Power Laser Beam Cars (ハイパワーレーザービーム車,   Haipawā Rēzā Bīmusha) in Japanese. Plaques at the Tokusatsu DNA exhibition use the alternate translation "Hi-Power Laserbeam Vehicle." The weapons are given the subtitle JGSDF Special Vehicle (陸上自衛隊特殊車両,   Rikujōjieitai Tokushu Sharyō).[1] They may also be called by the full titles High-Power Laser Beam Car Type N1-00 (ハイパワーレーザービーム車N1-00型), such as on Cast's ornament, or JGSDF Special Vehicle Type N1-00 (陸上自衛隊特殊車両N1-00型).[4]

The publication Godzilla Fierce Fighting Super Encyclopedia refers to it by the shortened name Laser Beam Car (レーザービーム車,   Rēzā Bīmusha).[5]


Heisei era

The Return of Godzilla

Like the Super X, the N1-00 was designed to defend Japan from an attack by other countries. Two of them were built, and were intended to be able to quickly subdue enemy forces using powerful lasers fired from their powerful dish-like weapons. When Godzilla attacked Tokyo, the N1-00s were brought into action, and fought back by firing multiple lasers at the kaiju. The lasers were at first highly effective, burning Godzilla's skin and forcing him to reel back in pain. Eventually, the lasers stopped having the intended effect, and the human pilots found themselves trying to escape from Godzilla, who followed them out of the Business District. Fortunately, the Super X arrived on the scene, and went on the offensive, buying the N1-00s enough time to retreat. Although the N1-00s didn't do any lasting damage to Godzilla, they successfully lured Godzilla away from Doctor Hayashida's laboratory.

Godzilla vs. Biollante

The two N1-00s reappear through stock footage recapping the end of The Return of Godzilla.


Video games

  • Godzilla (1993) - PC-9800, PC-286/386/486


  • Can carry 3 passengers.[3]
  • Travels at a maximum speed of 48 kilometers per hour.[3]
  • Can discharge a red laser beam from their cannons, which emits a high-pitched chirping noise.



This is a list of references for N1-00. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 New Godzilla Secrets. Shogakukan. 2 February 1985. p. 21. ISBN 4-09-112112-8.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Godzilla vs. G-Force Superweapon Manual. MediaWorks, Inc. 10 April, 1995. p. 61. ISBN 4073026984. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Toho Special Effects Movie Complete Works. villagebooks. 28 September 2012. p. 210. ISBN 4-864-91013-8.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Godzilla Dictionary [New Edition]. Kasakura Publishing. 7 August 2014. pp. 222–223. ISBN 9784773087253.
  5. Eguchi, Mizuki (30 December 1992). Godzilla Fierce Fighting Super Encyclopedia. Asahi Sonorama. p. 75.


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